chapter, which was excerpted in the 2001 Swimsuit Issue of Sports
Illustrated, tells of il derby, the great rivalry that
both defines and divides the city of Bologna. Fortitudo, populist
and feisty, is strength. Virtus, moneyed and austere, is virtue. I
discovered the essence of this elegant university town by immersing
myself in the feud between these two teams, and in the culture of
the cadres that follow them.
In the decisive stages of the Fortitudo-Virtus game I witnessed, a
Fortitudo functionary at the scorers table brazenly cheatedbut
he was only caught after the result, a victory for his team, had been
consecrated. Here are the Zapruder-like images that ran in the local
paper, exposing palettagate, the scandal that absorbed the
city in the days following the game.
If youd like to read an Italian version of this chapter that
appeared in the June 16, 2001 issue of Sport Week, the magazine
supplement to La Gazzetta dello Sport, click